Posted by: kinshipcircle | February 1, 2009

KIDS BOOK TEACHES DISTORTED VIEW OF ANIMAL TESTING

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1/29/09: An NIH Fairytale About Animal Testing Targets Kids
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lucky-puppy
ABOVE: Cover and two pages from “The Lucky Puppy,” a misleading children’s
workbook produced by North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research.
http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/images/coloring/luckycolor.pdf

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Christine Bruske Flowers, Director of the Office of Communications and
Public Liaison / National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
P.O. Box 12233, MD NH-10
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709-2233
ph: 919-541-3665; fax: 919-541-2260
email: bruskec@niehs.nih.gov, cb551b@nih.gov
staff: rmackar@niehs.nih.gov, peterso4@niehs.nih.gov, rozier@niehs.nih.gov

Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, Director
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
111 T.W. Alexander BG 101
P.O. Box 12233, MSC B2-01
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709
ph: 919-541-3201; fax: 919-541-2260
email: birnbaumls@niehs.nih.gov

Raynard S. Kington, M.D., NIH Director (Acting)
National Institutes of Health
Building 1 – Shannon Building, 126
1 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892
ph: 301-496-7322; fax: 301-402-2700
email: kingtonr@mail.nih.gov

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Dear Ms. Flowers, Dr. Birnbaum, and Dr. Kington:

Please permanently delete “The Lucky Puppy” from all National Institutes of
Health (NIH) websites. Young children may not realize that this coloring
workbook is a tall tale about animal experimentation.

The Lucky Puppy presents a distorted view of animal research:

“She had mice in her lab. They lived in nice, clean cages.” Mice, rats and
birds are not even protected under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). Lab animals
typically don’t receive veterinary aid or pain medication. They are deprived
of food, water and hygienic housing. Their enclosures are overcrowded (with
mice, this can lead to cannibalism and smothering). Environmental enrichment
is rare. Record-keeping is often haphazard.

But the NIH knows this, since the examples above are drawn from the agency’s
own documentation on labs that have failed to comply with federal law.

“Mice were fed good food. But they were sick with the same disease Lucky
had.”
Lab mice are not sick. Experimenters artificially induce human disease
and injury. In this contrived setting, animal stress alone “can influence
the researcher’s understanding of scientific discovery.” Results may be
inapplicable to human health and safety, according to a report in
Contemporary Topics in Laboratory Animal Science.

“‘But how can animal medicine be good for children?’ Matt asked. Dr. Smith
smiled and answered, ‘The mice in the lab, puppies like Lucky and children
like you are all animals. Our bodies might look different, but we really are
very much alike under our skin!'”
Anatomical, physiological, cellular,
genetic and psychological variations between species make accurate
correlations between animals and people unlikely.

For example, researchers recognize primates do not contract the human strain
of AIDS or develop its clinical symptoms. Of 85 HIV/AIDS vaccines tested in
animals, each one failed in 197 human trials. Furthermore, U.S. deaths or
injuries linked to drug therapies more than doubled from 1998 to 2005,
according to findings in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Each recalled
drug had proven “safe” in animal tests.

Still, animals are mutilated, paralyzed, and burned. Toxins are poured into
their eyes. Corrosives are smeared on shaved skin. Poisons are forcibly
ingested. They vomit, convulse, hemorrhage, and die.

In reality, animal experimentation makes a lousy kids book. Why not flaunt
advances in animal-free technology? “Nowadays, Mr. Cell and his in vitro
friends, Cell Lines and Cellular Components, let scientists try out medicine
in stuff that actually comes from humans! That’s how we make sure the
medicine works and is safe for children, instead of just mice.”

I urge you to remove The Lucky Puppy and similar propaganda from the
biomedical research industry.

Sincerely,

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION / REFERENCE LINKS
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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
http://www.pcrm.org/
PCRM Director of Research Policy, Hope Ferdowsian. M.D.
info@pcrm.org
NIH Lies To Kids In “The Lucky Puppy”
http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/images/coloring/luckycolor.pdf
Urge the NIH to Remove the “Lucky Puppy” Coloring Book
https://secure2.convio.net/pcrm/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=208

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  1. […] Read more:  KIDS BOOK TEACHES DISTORTED VIEW OF ANIMAL TESTING « Kinship … […]

    • Thank you for this post. Vast incidences of ineffective, irrelevant and inhumane research is taking place every day. To blatantly lie to children about the prominant controversy over animal research and the welfare of the creatures involved is doing them a grave disfavor. Education should provide children with the intellectual and factual tools to make ethical, and informed decisions about the mistreatment of other creatures. This is harmful propaganda that will serve only to confuse our younger generations, and perpetuate tolerance of cruelty.


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